Call for Papers - CoNLL 2019

SIGNLL, the Association for Computational Linguistics’ Special Interest Group on Natural Language Learning, invites you to submit your papers to the Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL 2019), which will be held on November 3-4, 2019, in Hong Kong.

Important Dates

Anonymity Period: May 1st, 2019
 Paper submission: May 31, 2019
Notification of acceptance: August 28, 2019
Camera-ready due: September 18, 2019
Conference: November 3-4, 2019 (before EMNLP 2019)

Note: All deadlines are calculated at 11:59pm UTC-12h. We accept submissions online via Softconf.


We invite the submission of papers on all aspects of computational approaches to natural language learning, particularly interdisciplinary research combining cognitive aspects of language processing and machine learning, including, but not limited to:

  • Computational Learning Theory and Analysis of Language Learning
  • Computational Models of First, Second and Bilingual Language Acquisition
  • Computational Models of Language evolution and Change
  • Computational Psycholinguistics
  • Computational Simulation and Analysis of Psycholinguistic Findings
  • Data Resources, Techniques and Tools for Computational Modeling of Human Language Acquisition and Processing
  • Dialogue and Interactive Systems
  • Discourse and Coreference
  • Information Extraction
  • Information Retrieval, Question Answering
  • Investigations of Learning Methods (e.g. machine learning, biologically-inspired, active learning, hybrid models) from a Cognitive Perspective
  • Language Models, Segmentation
  • Lexical and Compositional Semantics
  • Linguistic Theories and Resources
  • Machine Learning for NLP
  • Machine Translation
  • Models of induction and Analogy in Linguistics
  • Morphological Analysis, POS Tagging and Sequence Labeling
  • Multilinguality and Cross-linguality
  • Multimodal and Grounded Language Processing
  • Narrative Understanding and Commonsense Reasoning
  • Natural Language Generation
  • Other NLP Applications
  • Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining
  • Spoken Language Processing
  • Summarization
  • Syntactic and Semantic Parsing
  • Text Mining

Best Paper Award

As in recent CoNLL conferences, a Best Paper Award will be given to the authors of the highest quality paper. The most important aspects in judging the quality of a paper will be: originality, innovativeness, relevance, and impact of the presented research.

Best Paper Award for Research Inspired by Human Language Learning and Processing

We will also continue giving a special award for the Best Paper Award for Research Inspired by Human Language Learning and Processing.

Invited Speakers

   Christopher Manning (Thomas M. Siebel Professor in Machine Learning)

       Department of Linguists and Computer Science, Stanford University



   Gabriella Vigliocco (Professor of the Psychology of Language)

       Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London



Submission Information

- Paper submissions

CoNLL 2019 long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis should be included. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members. Following last year's procedure, we are only allowing long paper submissions for CoNLL-2019, and no short papers. Each long paper submission consists of a paper of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus unlimited pages for references. Final versions of long papers will be given one additional page (up to nine pages with unlimited pages for references) so that reviewers comments can be taken into account.

- IMPORTANT: New submission guidelines

CoNLL 2019 adopts ACL’s policies for submission, review, and citation. Submissions that violate any of these policies will be rejected without review. Most importantly, the policies refer to the anonymity period, which starts on April 30, 2019 for CoNLL 2019.

You may not make a non-anonymized version of your paper available online to the general community (for example, via a preprint server) during the anonymity period.

You may not update the non-anonymized version during the anonymity period, and we ask you not to advertise it on social media or take other actions that would further compromise double-blind reviewing during the anonymity period.

The details are described in the ACL 2019 Author Guidelines, which we follow.

- Optional Supplementary Materials: Appendices, Software and Data

Each CoNLL 2019 submission can be accompanied by a single PDF appendix, one .tgz or .zip archive containing software, and one .tgz or .zip archive containing data. CoNLL 2019 encourages the submission of these supplementary materials to improve the reproducibility of results, and to enable authors to provide additional information that does not fit in the paper. For example, preprocessing decisions, model parameters, feature templates, lengthy proofs or derivations, pseudocode, sample system inputs/outputs, and other details that are necessary for the exact replication of the work described in the paper can be put into the appendix. However, the paper submissions need to remain fully self-contained, as these supplementary materials are completely optional, and reviewers are not even asked to review or download them. If the pseudo-code or derivations or model specifications are an important part of the contribution, or if they are important for the reviewers to assess the technical correctness of the work, they should be a part of the main paper, and not appear in the appendix. Supplementary materials need to be fully anonymized to preserve the double-blind reviewing policy.

- Formatting Requirements

Papers must follow the CoNLL 2019 two-column format, using our LaTeX style files or the Word template. Please do not modify these style files, or use templates designed for other conferences. Submissions that do not conform to the required styles, including paper size, margin width, and font size restrictions, will be rejected without review.

- Double-Blind Review Instructions

As the reviewing will be blind, submissions and supplementary materials must not include the authors’ names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author’s identity, e.g., “We previously showed (Smith, 1991) …”, should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as “Smith (1991) previously showed …”. Acknowledgments of funding or assistance must also be omitted. Submissions should not contain pointers to supplemental information on the web; any such material should be submitted as supplementary materials (see above). Submissions that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. Separate author identification information is required as part of the online submission process.

- Multiple Submission Policy

We will not accept for submission papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications.

We will not accept for publication or presentation papers that overlap significantly in content or results with papers that will be (or have been) published elsewhere. Authors submitting more than one paper to CoNLL 2019 must ensure that the submissions do not overlap significantly (>25%) with each other in content or results.

- Submission 

We accept submissions online via Softconf. The submission deadline is May 31, 2019

Presentation Requirement

All accepted papers must be presented at the conference in order to appear in the proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for CoNLL 2019. Accepted papers will be presented orally or as a poster (at the discretion of the program chairs based on the nature rather than the quality of the work). All papers will be published in the conference proceedings. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between papers presented orally or as posters.


CoNLL 2019 Chairs

  • Mohit Bansal (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
  • Aline Villavicencio (University of Sheffield, UK and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Area Chairs

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Administration Chair

Supervision Chair

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CoNLL 2019 Sponsors